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Vice Provost for Research

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Under the leadership of Vice Provost for Research Bogdan Vernescu, WPI’s research award volume has increased steadily over each of the last five years. In 2020, the university received a record-breaking $56.3M in awards from government, corporate, and private funders to advance and promote innovative and consequential research at WPI. Explorations are underway in areas as varied as detecting prostate cancer using robotic tools to uncovering the pandemic’s impact on students’ learning abilities. 

Bogdan Vernescu, Vice Provost for Research

"WPI's world-class research enterprise continues to see significant growth. In the past five years, our funding has increased by 140 percent as our research-active faculty members submit and win increasingly larger proposal funding. WPI continues in make purposeful and strategic gains in attracting outstanding faculty members, developing an internal funding programs to encourage collaboration, promoting valuable resources for faculty and staff, and reinforcing our existing campus infrastructure to support our research across WPI.”

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Advancing Research Goals with Expertise

Overseeing all aspects of the research enterprise at WPI, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research ensures that the university continues to reach proposal development and funding award goals while fostering and monitoring transparent and ethical research practices among faculty, staff, and partners. Faculty are supported through internal grants and seed funding mechanisms to explore new ideas and collaborations and through high-tech instrumentation to enable cutting-edge research. 

WPI’s research contributes discoveries with broad impact. WPI has patented and licensed new technologies and ideas at an ever-increasing rate, expanding work that benefits society, improves lives, and creates jobs while strengthening the revenue stream for the university.   

As we continue to advance science with our research, various funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institutes of Health invest in our distinctive research efforts.

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PracticePoint Expands Research, Development, and Commercialization Possibilities at WPI

In addition to many state-of-the-art facilities co-located around campus, PracticePoint offers an innovative space to encourage academic and industry collaboration. At this membership-based, on-campus healthcare development and testing facility—which includes an MRI machine and a fully functional operating room—researchers can delve deeply into emergent medical, cyber, and physical systems and devices that will improve the future of patient care. 

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Record Funding Amounts Expand Learning Sciences Research Expertise

The Learning Sciences & Technologies group continues to expand its research reach in the digital learning space. The resulting proposals brought in a record $12M+ in FY20 for work done at WPI in collaboration with colleagues at other universities and companies. Multiple larger grants support WPI’s collaboration with the ASSISTments Foundation, led by Neil Heffernan, professor of computer science, which leverages a learning platform where teachers can assess and redirect teaching efforts right in the classroom, improving student outcomes in real time.

$31.8M

in research expenditures 

2020
445

research proposals submitted 

(2020)
$56.3M

research funding from government, corporate, and private sources through OSP (FY 2020)

George C. Gordon Library 

Find rich digital collections of research and information to inform and guide your literature reviews and proposals in the Gordon Library. Take advantage of expert consultation and tools for identifying grant opportunities and literature, managing citations, and curating your online presence for accuracy and findability by reviewers and grantors.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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